Introduction

The screen button replacement guide is a user-friendly guide that gives the steps on how to replace the screen button.

  1. First locate the two switches located on the lower backside of the phone.
    • First locate the two switches located on the lower backside of the phone.

    • Simultaneously, push the two switches forward causing the back to "pop" off.

    • The back cover should be fully detached from the phone.

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  2. Once the cover has been removed, the battery should be immediately visible.
    • Once the cover has been removed, the battery should be immediately visible.

    • The battery is situated in the top half of the phone.

    • Using either your finger or the spudger/prying tool, remove the battery from the back of the device.

    • Your battery has a specific orientation to it. Make sure the bronze/gold colored leads are aligned with the bronze/gold colored strips on your battery before reassembling.

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    • Once the battery has been removed, locate the SIM card. The SIM card is typically located in the center of the phone, secured by a metal tray.

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    • Once you have located the SIM card, carefully remove it by sliding it upwards out of the metal tray. No tools are needed, just those fancy fingers.

    • Your SIM card has a specific orientation to it when it is replaced. Make sure the bronze/gold colored leads are aligned with the bronze/gold colored strips in the SIM card tray before reassembling.

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    • Gently force the spudger tool underneath the plastic flap that protects the camera lens.

    • With the spudger tool underneath the flap, remove the plastic cover by lifting it away from the phone.

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    • Place the spudger tool underneath the front plastic flap.

    • Once in place, use the spudger tool to lift and remove the plastic cover.

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    • Locate both bronze colored Torx T6 3 mm screws.

    • Unscrew the bronze screws with a Torx T6 screwdriver.

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    • Locate and unscrew the 4 Torx T6 3 mm silver screws on the back of the phone.

    • Unscrew the 4 screws with a T-6 Torx Head Screwdriver.

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    • Separate the back, plastic panel from the front panel by prying the spudger between the two and sliding it across on both sides.

    • Take hold of both halves of the phone and separate.

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    • Locate the back speaker on the back panel of the phone.

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    • Place the spudger tool underneath the back speaker component.

    • Lightly force the back speaker off of the panel by lifting the spudger tool.

    • When removing speakers, replacing or re-inserting them may result in looseness. This means that during re-assembly they may fall out or shift. An adhesive may be necessary to keep the speaker in place.

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    • Locate the red tabbed pin strip connected to the logic/motherboard. The red tabbed pin strip should be located on the right hand side of the back of the phone.

    • Using a spudger tool, disconnect the red tabbed pin strip from the logic/motherboard. This can be done by inserting the spudger tool under the side of the tab and gently pulling upwards towards you.

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    • After removing the red tabbed pin strip, locate the the yellow tabbed pin strip. This should be directly under the red tabbed pin strip.

    • Disconnect the yellow tabbed pin strip from the logic/motherboard. This can be done using the same technique used to disconnect the red tabbed pin strip.

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    • Now that the red and yellow pinned tabs have been disconnected, disconnect the antenna cable located at the top right of the phone.

    • The cable can be disconnected using the spudger tool.

    • Insert the spudger under the side of the antenna connection. Gently pull upwards to disconnect the cable.

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    • Locate the second antenna connection. It can be found toward the middle/bottom right of the phone close to where the red and yellow tabbed pin strips were.

    • Remove the antenna connection. This can be done using the same method done in the top antenna removal step.

    • The antenna cable will still not be entirely disconnected from the logic/motherboard. To remove it entirely, loosen the bottom metal cable grip that pins down the cable.

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    • Now that all components holding the logic/motherboard down have been removed or disconnected, the board should be free to be removed.

    • The board can be removed by gripping the top right edge of it with your fingers and pulling it out gently.

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    • Separate the middle button panel from the screen and front frame. To do so, take hold of the middle panel and lift it away from the front frame.

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    • On the underside of the middle panel is the screen button and accessory parts.

    • Circled here is the screen button. To replace the screen button, you must replace the entire middle panel.

    • Contact your plan provider or the phone manufacturer for details on obtaining a new panel.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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